N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 427



Thursday, July 10, 1947 (Afternoon session)

(The session began at 2:00 P. M.)

PRESENT: Brogan, Dixon, Drenk, Jacobs, McGrath, McMurray, Miller, G. W., Peterson, H. W., Smith, G. F., Sommer and Winne.

Vice-Chairman Jacobs presided at the request of Chairman Sommer.

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: Members of the Committee: This represents the conclusion of our preliminary hearings during which we have heard from various organizations, judges and other interested persons, including lawyers and laymen. We will now have the privilege of hearing from our Governor. I believe you all know him, and no further introduction is necessary.

GOVERNOR ALFRED E. DRISCOLL: Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the Committee:

My appearance before this important Committee of the Constitutional Convention is in response to a specific invitation. While I would prefer to appear as an individual citizen and member of the bar, my position as the Chief Executive of New Jersey requires that I state my position on certain basic issues before giving you my views on the precise subject now under consideration by the Committee.

I should like you folks to know that I recognize that this Convention exercises a sovereign authority within the limits imposed by the enabling legislation as approved by the vote of the citizens at the recent election. Hence, the delegates to the Convention enjoy a degree of individual independence and freedom not enjoyed by either the legislative, judicial or executive branches of our government. Your Governor, for example, exercises only that authority delegated to him by the Constitution or the Legislature, and I would hope that you would believe me when I say that I am here merely to give you the benefit of my views and not in any manner to suggest that those views must be followed.

Perhaps I may with pardonable pride express at this time the joy that the conduct of the delegates to date has brought to one of the sponsors of the Constitutional Convention. Your wise application of your varied talents to the different issues that must be met has fully justified my faith in a non-partisan Convention com-

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